1996 Mitsubishi Carisma GLX 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland


A fantastically comfortable and absolutely reliable car


Absolutely nothing.

General Comments:

The Mitsubishi Carisma must be one of the finest used family hatchback/saloon money can buy. The car has fierce depreciation, but I cannot understand why. I've driven literally dozens of different hire cars over the last eighteen months in connection with my job and only one of them compares to the build quality, comfort and frugality of this car and that was the Honda Civic. As a used car this is an excellent buy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th August, 2002

3rd Jun 2005, 04:55

I have an X reg Charisma 1.8 GDI and am having problems with the throttle body which has had to be replaced and the engine decoked - has anyone else had problems of this sort?

28th Aug 2005, 12:01

I have a Carisma 1996 GLXI. Wonderful car and is absolutely reliable. I'm just wondering if anyone has had any problems with their gearbox?

31st Oct 2007, 16:07

The Carisma gearbox is French, Renault 19, I think, and normally a very good box, despite its origin. But the bushes on the gear linkage are known for wearing out quickly. This can be expensive to replace @ around £60-70. Worn bushes will make it difficult to select gears. 2nd is the bugger on mine. Saying all that, I have had to replace my whole gearbox… and I can’t remember why… I picked a second hand box up for £250 and it took me 8 hours to change it, 2 hours trying to remove the speedo cable…. “remove split pin and pull cable out of slot” … yes, 2 hours & Lots of WD40!!!

1996 Mitsubishi Carisma GLS 1.8i from Netherlands


Pretty fast with excellent seats and a lot of space for its money


A few minor problems in the first two weeks.

For example: some strange noise from the dashboard.

No big problems and all the minor problems were solved quickly by the dealer.

General Comments:

The car is comfortable and pretty quick.

A big difference from the 1.6 petrol version which is a lot slower.

It is a pretty cheap car to drive and has very good (front) seats.

This is my first car with air conditioning. I like that.

The Nissan was better in cornering speed, but this isn't bad at all.

It is a bit boring to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 10th October, 2001